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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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4.34/5
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588 Ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by largadeer on 12-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#492
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
588
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Treebs
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Bottle # 2298. Thanks to kevanb for this one a while ago.

A: Pours a dark black color with dark brown edges. A little head forms on the pour and recedes to nothing. No lace.

S: Brownie bits with some bitter chocolate. The barrel is nice with smooth bourbon, caramel and oak.

T: The bourbon is smooth and sweet up front. There is a fine roasted malt profile with a backing of oak, unsweetened chocolate and a little toffee.

M: A tad thin for my liking. Medium light body with a medium carbonation level.

O: Very delicious. Not quite in the same echelon as the EC barrel versions, but it is right there.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to HFS Sniffer

A: dark as night and completely opaque, but with that being said it is closer to extremely dark brown then black. There is a small mocha head that fades to a thick lacing around the outside of the glass, but essentially what a BA stout should be maybe slightly darker.

S:wow it hits hard upfront (though this seemed to fade) with bourbon and chocolate with lots of it. The wood from the barrel really comes out as well with some roasted smells but not really coffee or smoke hard to describe. Starts really well but fades fast.

T: It follows the nose with lots of bourbon chocolate flavor up front, the bourbon flavor is strong but not overwhelming. There is a little bit of malt in there and a tiny amount of roasted coffee flavor. Though the bitterness in the finish is closer to dark chocolate that is mixed with the bourbon flavor that lasts for awhile after even a small sip.

M: First thoughts are "wow this is pretty thin for BA stout" it definitely does have some chewiness to it but i like my BA stouts thick and heavy. However the flip side of this that it is slightly oily and very drinkable going down really easily, especially for a BA stout. The alcohol is also completely hidden, but i expected that at only 9.5%.

O: So i was officially impressed lived up to the hype and for the most part the hefty price tag. This can definitely complete with the big boys like KBS or BCBS, but I don't think it is quite on par maybe a step or two below. That being said it was a great beer that I highly recommend if you can get your hands on it. I'd love to try the other varieties, but unfortunately I can't fund that on my own.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 version

As expected, thick black creamy pour with a thin tan head. Head settles into a faint ring. Wish the head persisted throughout. Looks rather bland at first glance.

Nose hits all the right notes: whiskey burn, coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Some molasses in their as well. Flavor follows the nose with a very prevalent whiskey flavor in the finish. Sweet, but well rounded with enough roasty flavor to balance it out. Almost no hop flavor, as it is overpowered by the big barrel flavor. Thick and creamy, coats the mouth. Solid overall, but not as good as the Elijah Craig.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage - Black Wax. Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured black with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Sweet bourbon and vanilla up front that give way to oak, chocolate fudge and molasses aromas. Fairly sweet overall nose with a good balance of barrel notes and the base beer.

T - Bourbon, vanilla and oak flavours up front from the barrel with a nice sweetness. Mid-palate adds dark caramel, chocolate fudge and a hint of molasses. The finish has roast and more barrel.

M - Medium to full body. Sludgy and silky at the same time. Light carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Dope
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage.

A: Pours a very dark brown. Big dense but fizzy medium brown head. Head fades quite slowly with great retention. Almost a solid wall of lacing is left behind which is quite nice.

S: Big bourbon as you might expect. Kind of a dry bourbon with toffee and some caramel. Good amount of chocolate in there, you can really get a good sense of the roasted malt in this one. Pretty boozy and oaky too.

T: Like the other variants there is heavy booze up front. Caramel and toffee primarily. Again, surprisingly dry. Nice cocoa and bitter chocolate. Bourbon fades away leaving primarily the chocolate and introducing a toasted marshmallow flavor. I noticed this marshmallow flavor in my previous 50/50 Eclipse, the Old Fitzgerald version. However, never noticed it in any of the other variants. Very interesting - not as prominent in this beer however. It melds well with the bitter chocolate I will say, giving this beer a wonderful bitter chocolate/burnt marshmallow finish. A little more drying in the aftertaste with char and bitter chocolate, getting a hint of that oak too.

M: Quite full bodied and velvety.

O: Very tasty Eclipse variant. Bourbon feels a little cheap and plain, although I am not a true connoisseur of whiskey unfortunately. Having said that, it integrates well. Initial flavor doesn't hold up to some of the other variants but the rest of the brew is still excellent. Great mouthfeel too, a little bit smoother than some of the others. Overall a delicious beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of imbibehour
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. BR-1 Vintage 2012.

A classic dark walnut brown, just wants to hint at black but doesn't quite get there, with nice chestnut red/brown edges. Head makes barely a finger, but what little there is does stay, in a somewhat dark mocha color. Manages an attractive wispy top and several pencil thin rings of a collar while drinking.

Nose is quite delicious with a bourbon whiskey caramel angle that fits nicely. Charing roast malt, with soot angle. Caramel becomes quite dominant with a sense of bourbon aging not from the malt bill. A little bit of "spice" kick also, not sure what that angle is on first impression, but it's nice. Hints also at a good salt angle, which matches real nicely with the caramel. Great bouquet.

Palate is a classic example of what a malty dark roasted stout should be. Char and a good warmth both hinting at malts and barrel charred. Then caramel bourbon warmth comes out, with a salty peanut like action. Body has a good light depth, mostly it seems from the honey, but this is not very silky. Not overly sweet, in fact quite downplayed on the sweetness which I enjoy. As your palate rests, some hop bitterness even comes out which feels real good, giving the beer an interesting warmth. Not boozy, but the brew has a nice kick with all this flavor and this faint hop sting at the finish.,

Overall I am not sure what to say, these Eclipse barrel brews so far from Fifty Fifty are very impressive.

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 588 ratings
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